Jay Cronley: It's time to reveal 10 best TV shows
BY JAY CRONLEY World Staff Columnist
Sunday, February 17, 2013
2/17/13 at 4:48 AM
What's he doing?
Has he completely lost it?
Have you ever heard anything like it?
What could he be thinking?
That's right. It's time for the continuing series that has dummies and geniuses one and all wondering what's going on - my top-10 TV shows list.
Fading fast: This season, as usual, the main stories are about what has faded from glory and what is really pitiful.
So many dumb shows arrive mid-week mid-season and are canceled so soon that it's hard to tell what is still in production.
"Justified" has slipped more than any other previously great series.
This one used to be about a simple U.S. marshal trying to bring a little law to the backwoods.
Then the show became trendy and impressionable as critics galore began piling on the praise. And so now the marshal prances around posing.
Without the sticks as the setting, "Justified" is "CSI: Lexington, Ky.," and who needs that?
This TV season has established one landmark unlikely to be challenged: the worst show ever, "The Following," which is one of those programs that glorifies lunatics and is unbelievable from the word "go" to the words "I can't take anymore."
And off we go... The top 10:
1. "Southland." A great cop show set in L.A. that displays what nonstop violence and hatred can do to people with the best intentions. It is on Wednesday on TNT.
2. "Shark Tank." Best real show ever that tries to match people with new businesses to finance and investors. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, an investor panel regular, turns up funny and smart.
3. "Love It or List It." On the HGTV channel. Homes are remodeled. Then owners have to decide whether to stay or buy something else.
4. "Property Brothers." Another good one for pre-spring on HGTV. One brother finds needy houses to remodel, the other fixes them. The new owners have breakdowns.
5. "Flipping Vegas." On A&E. A husband-wife team turns around dumps in Vegas. The husband tries to cut corners as the wife spends like she's made of cash.
6. The Jodi Arias murder trial. Live courtroom testimony. The woman allegedly blasted and diced her boyfriend and faces the death penalty in Arizona. She says it was self-defense. Every bit as good as the O.J. trial.
7. "Blue Bloods." Right stomps wrong into the dirt on a weekly basis. The cast is good.
Couldn't find three more consistently decent shows. Sorry.
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